HB 218 Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes Illinois Senate

sarahbest IL, Press Release, Uncategorized

On Thursday, the Illinois Senate approved a bill to remove criminal penalties for simple marijuana possession, replacing the threat of jail time, a criminal record, and a lifetime of collateral consequences with a $125 fine, similar to a ticket for a traffic offense. The measure, which was approved by the House of Representatives in April, will now be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) for his signature.

Cook County State Attorney to Dismiss Minor Marijuana Cases

rforan8 IL, Press Release

FAITH LEADERS IN CHICAGO SUPPORT ANNOUNCEMENT OF COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY ALVAREZ DECISION TO DISMISS MINOR MARIJUANA CASES   Chicago, IL – Religious leaders across Cook County applauded State’s Attorney Anita Alverez’s announcement this morning that her office will no longer prosecute misdemeanor marijuana possession cases and will steer Class 4 felony cases to community-based drug treatment programs.